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U’khand crisis: SC asks AG to seek instructions on floor test

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to seek instruction on having a floor test in Uttarakhand where a major power tussle is underway between the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre and the Congress.

The apex court asked the Attorney General that there should be a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly under its supervision in view of the “Rameshwar judgement” and also asked the Centre to think about it.

Meanwhile, the hearing on the Centre’s plea against Uttarakhand High Court’s order revoking President’s rule in the state has been adjourned for tomorrow.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had on April 27 directed the continuation of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.

Posting the matter for further hearing on Tuesday, it had extended the stay on the High Court’s order quashing the central rule in Uttarakhand.

The two-judge division bench, comprising of Justices Dipak Mishra and Shiva Kirti Singh, had also asked several questions to the Centre asking it to justify imposition of President’s Rule.

The apex court sought to know if the Governor could have sent a message in the present manner under Article175 (2) to conduct a floor test and if delay in the floor test can be a ground for the proclamation of President’s Rule in the state.

The apex court asked if disqualification of MLAs by the Uttarakhand speaker is a relevant issue for the purpose of imposing President’s Rule under Article 356 and proceedings in the Uttarakhand assembly can be taken note of by the President for imposing his rule.

The Centre had imposed President’s Rule in the state on March 27. (ANI)

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